Iranians call for lifting sanctions in anti-US rallies
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 4
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iranian demonstrators marking the seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran called for lifting international sanctions against Iran, the Islamic Republic's official IRNA news agency reported Nov. 4.
The rallies take place on 13th of Aban in the Iranian calendar (corresponds to Nov. 4) every year, at the anniversary of the seizure of the U.S. embassy by the university's students in 1979. It was also the anniversary of the exile of the Founder of the Islamic Republic, the late Imam Khomeini, in 1964.
The day officially is named as "national day of struggle against the global arrogance (imperialist powers) in the Iranian calendar.
The demonstrators gathered in front of the U.S. embassy in Tehran, which was called the "Den of Spies" Chanting slogan of "Down with the America."
The US and Israel flags were burned in the streets by the demonstrators during the rallies.
In a final communique issued at the rally, the participants expressed their support to the government in the nuclear negotiations based on the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's guidelines.
The demonstrators also called the Iranian lawmakers to supervise the possible nuclear agreements with the world powers.
Tehran and Washington broke off diplomatic relations following the seizure of US embassy staff in Tehran in the months after the 1979 revolution. Fifty-two American diplomats and citizens were held hostage for 444 days (Nov. 4, 1979-Jan. 20, 1981), after a group of Iranian students supporting the Iranian Revolution took over the embassy.